Practical Information

Practical Information

Health Requirements

Those travelling to Ethiopia from countries where yellow fever is endemic should be in possession of a valid health certificate attesting to receipt of vaccination against yellow fever. Vaccination against cholera is also required for anyone who has visited or transited through a cholera-infected area within six days prior to arrival in Ethiopia. Since Addis Ababa is situated at an altitude of 2,400 metres, it is advisable to take precautionary measures to avoid any health problems that might occur because of the high altitude.

The United Nations Health Care Centre, situated on the ground floor of the Conference Centre, can provide emergency medical services to participants and delegates attending the Conference.

In case of a medical or dental emergency, please contact:

Dr. Grace Fombad

Chief, United Nations Health Care Centre

Telephone: + 251 115 44 35 07

+251 911 50 82 18

Emergency room and ambulance service: + 251 929 90 84 33 or

+ 251 115 44 55 02

Information and communications technology services

The United Nations Conference Centre is equipped with Wi-Fi. Technical support is available from the ECA Help Desk (tel.: +251 115443123; ext.: 33123; Technical support for presentations must be arranged in advance with the Conference Centre support team (

Please be advised that Blackberry services are not available in Ethiopia.

General information about Ethiopia

Ethiopia is as large as France and Spain combined. Addis Ababa is situated at an altitude of 2,400 metres. Agriculture is the backbone of the national economy, and the principal exports from this sector include coffee, oil seeds, pulses, flowers, vegetables, sugar and animal feed. About 90 per cent of the population earns its living from the land. There is also a vibrant livestock sector, exports from which include cattle, hides and skins.

The population of Ethiopia is estimated at 100 million, over 50 per cent of which is under 20 years of age. The average number of inhabitants per square kilometre is 69. Ethiopia is a multi-ethnic state with a great variety of spoken languages. There are 83 languages with 200 dialects, and the three main languages are Amharic, Tigrigna and Oromigna. English, French, Italian and Arabic are also spoken, mainly in Addis Ababa. Additional information on Ethiopia and ECA can be found online at, and


Ethiopia has two main seasons. The dry season lasts from October to May, and the rainy season starts in late June and ends in September. Temperatures depend on the season and altitude.

Since there is the possibility of cool weather at night and after heavy rains, you may want to bring light jacket or sweater.


Electric supply in Ethiopia is 220 -240 volts, 50 cycles, AC-accessible via 13-amp, two-pin (European) socket.

Currency (Ethiopian birr)

Ethiopian currency is denominated in “birr” and “centimes”. The exchange rate fluctuates. The operational exchange rate of the United Nations was US$ 1.00= ETB 27.9335 in October 2018.

There is a branch of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia in the ECA complex, in the Rotunda. The bank is open Monday–Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. There is also an authorized exchange centre (Forex) at the Sheraton Hotel, and there are ATM machines (which dispense birr only) for Visa and MasterCard users in the Conference Centre and at the Elilly, Hilton, Intercontinental, Jupiter, Marriott, Radisson Blu and Sheraton hotels.

Guidelines on personal security and safety of participants

The United Nations Security and Safety Service is always ready to serve its clients. In this regard, the full cooperation of all participants is needed to ensure the safety of your valuables and your personal security.

While you are on ECA premises, please ensure that you:

  • Show your conference badge to any authorized person who asks to see it, and wear it visibly
  • Do not leave bags and parcels unattended, as they may be confiscated or destroyed
  • Do not bring unauthorized persons and children into the Conference Centre
  • Look after your valuable property
  • Check that you have all your documents and personal items before you leave conference halls and meeting rooms
  • Inform the Security and Safety Service or the nearest security officer if you lose anything valuable

When you are in your hotel, please follow this safety advice:

  • Upon entering or leaving your room, make it a habit to lock the door
  • Before leaving, inspect your room to make sure that no money, jewellery, cameras, etc., are visible
  • Deposit valuables or portable items at the reception desk and obtain a receipt
  • Should you observe anything suspicious or out of the ordinary, please contact the Security and Safety Service

Registration and identification badges

[Information forthcoming]

Useful telephone numbers

Emergency numbers

UN Control Room – Addis Ababa (24 hrs)

+251 – 115 445135 / 516537 / 512945

Security Chief

+251 – 0911 201802

Deputy Chief

+251 – 0911 508578

Emergencies outside Addis Ababa

United Nations Operations Centre (24 hrs)

+251 – 115-511726

Satellite phone


Police Emergency Numbers (24 hrs)


City Police

+251 – 115 572100 / 572121

Federal Police

+251 – 115 524077 / 526302 / 526303


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